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Our Lady of Good Counsel

Established: 1958
Blue Ribbon

School Facts

  • Number of Students
  • Student Population
    CoEd - School for both genders
  • Accommodation
    Homestay Accommodation
  • Religious Affiliation
  • Program Length Available
    Multiple Year, Fall Year, Spring Year

School Description

Founded in 1958, Our Lady of Good Counsel High School is the top ranked coeducational Catholic High School in the Washington DC area. It has won the prestigious US Blue Ribbon Educational Award twice and named one of “the Most Challenging High Schools in the USA” by the Washington Post in 2017. Currently enrolled are 1,250 young men and women from grades 9 to 12, including less than 4% of international students. We have attracted students from France, Germany, Austria, Iran, Mexico, India, Brazil, Vietnam, Turkey, India, Liberia and China. Students find success in the International Baccalaureate, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), Fine Arts, and College Preparatory programs.

The facilities include a 650-seat Performing Arts Center, 51 acres of athletic fields, 10 science labs, a dance studio, a chapel, two weight rooms, two gyms, a football stadium with a turf field, multiple soccer and baseball fields, and 50 classrooms wired with Apple TV / Smart Boards.

Good Counsel’s superior athletic program has had students continue on to become Olympic gold medalists and professional athletes in MBA and NFL. The Arts Masterworks program enables students to pursuit careers in music, theater, dance and the visual arts.

Awarded as one of Washington Post's "America's Most Challenging High Schools 2017." Only 12% of high schools in the USA make this list!

A 45-minute drive from America’s capital, Olney was ranked as the 17th best place to live by Money Magazine in 2007 and as the 22nd “top-earning Town” in America in 2013. Safe and prosperous, Olney is conveniently located near three international airports and several renowned universities including Georgetown University and Johns Hopkins University.


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Awards and Accomplishments Of School

Two-time Blue-Ribbon School of Excellence Award; Speech and Debate Team has won 12 consecutive Metro Championships; Theater Company recognized by DC Metro Theater Arts with multiple awards; WCAC Conference Champions in Soccer, Field Hockey, and Swimming during 2018-2019 school year; Two Gold Medalists (swimming and wrestling) and an Olympic team doctor (Field Hockey) in 2016 Rio Olympics

School News

Our Lady of Good Counsel has revised their application requirements to: TOEFL scores are preferred. Successful students usually have around an 80. SSAT, HSPT or PSAT scores are helpful for admission but not required.

Famous Alumni

Alfred Checci – Candidate for Governor of California :
• Bill Kappaz –Chairman and CEO:
• Blake Countess '11 - 2016 Sixth Round pick by the Philadelphia Eagles;
Defensive-back for The University of Michigan and Auburn University.
• Chas Gessner '99 – Professional football player, member of 2003 Super
Bowl Champion New England Patriots
• Jack Conger – Swimmer Olympics gold medalist.
• Chris Monroe ’99 –Basketball player, All-time leading scorer at George
Washington University
• Jelani Jenkins '09 - 2013 Fourth Round Draft Pick for the Miami Dolphins.
Graduate of the University of Florida.
• Joe Truhe ’99 – basketball player recruited by Yale University
• John Berry – US Ambassador to Australia:

  • 9, 10, 11, 12 Grades at School
  • 51 acres Campus Size
  • 4% Percentage of International Students
Diploma Year Offered?
Student Population
CoEd - School for both genders
Teacher/Student Ratio
Average Class Size
SAT Average
ACT Average
English as Second Language (ESL) Support Available
Speciality Programs
IB (International Baccalaureate); STEM (Science Technology, Engineer and Math); XBSS Leadership Institute (Xavarian Brothers); National Honor Society; St. Mary’s Scholars; Arts Masterworks; Global Scholars; Social Studies Scholars
Baseball, Basketball, Cheerleading, Cross Country Running, Equestrian, Equestrian, Field Hockey, Fishing, Football, Golf, Ice Hockey, Indoor Track, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Wrestling
Art, Drama, Visual Arts
Choral Music, Guitar, Instrumental Music
Advanced Courses (AP, A-Levels)
Biology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, Comparative Government and Politics, Computer Programming, Data Management, Economics, English, Environmental Science, European History, Human Geography, Information Technology in a Global Society, Macroeconomics, Physics 1, Psychology, Spanish Language and Culture, US Government and Politics, US History, World History, World Religion
Chinese, French, French Language and Culture, Latin, Spanish
Clubs and Extracurricular
Anime Club, Ballroom Dancing, Bass Fishing, Broadcast Technology, Chinese Culture Club, Computer Club, Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), Global Development, Hip Hop Appreciation, Mock Trial, Model United Nations (Model UN), Music Appreciation, Philosophy Club, Snow Sports Club, Speech and Debate, Student Government, UNICEF, Yoga Club
Accepting Students in Grades
9, 10, 11
Ages Accepted
TOEFL Minimum
Other - Eligibility Requirements?
SSAT is preferred in addition to the TOEFL (no minimum for SSAT at this moment). Math, English and IB placement tests are required. $5000 scholarship to to non-Chinese speaking students who do not need ELL and with a strong transcript. I-20s are provided after May 15th. If the English test is not ready, the school will interview the student. Our Lady can offer a conditional acceptance based on TOEFL to be submitted later. Spring year available to US transfer students.

Real Stories from Real Students:

At Our Lady Of Good Counsel, we have a "global buddies" program that pairs American students who are willing to help international students. It was a good for me because got to know a couple of people before school started!

Yusuf from Turkey

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